As the winner of Project Runway, Season 14, Ashley Nell Tipton has elevated the conversation about plus sized fashion, purple hair and being true to yourself. Throughout the season, Ashley continuously pushed herself while battling self doubt and anxiety. Growing up as a “fat kid” struggling with dyslexia, Ashley learned to sew from her grandmother. After working at Torrid (a plus size store) during high school, she decided to pursue fashion design. As she went to a local community college in San Diego and the Fashion Career College, Ashley refined her garment making skills with bridal wear. Throughout the long application process for Project Runway, Ashley had the support of her family and friends who supported her along the way.
During our conversation, we talk about growing up as a plus sized kid, her thoughts about the term “plus size”, how she deals with the emotional weight of being an artist, being a brand ambassador for JC Penney, designing every day wear for Simplicity Patterns and more. There are a few cuss words sprinkled through the conversation but I did not label it as explicit. I hope you enjoy the episode.
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